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Is the Classic White Kitchen Still in Style?

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Are white kitchens still in style?

Just the other day, Lisa M. Smith’s, The Decor Girl Blog, husband asked the same question. Lisa replied, “Honey, a good white kitchen never goes out of style. My only disclaimer is with some of the pebble finish thermafoil cabinets from the 1980′s – they can look tired.” and proceeded to show off some stylish white kitchens which included a couple of Titus Built kitchens. Below are photos of white kitchens created for Titus Built clients’ lifestyle:

 

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Classic white kitchen with beadboard and vintage style drawer pulls.

Laundry Room Hidden in Kitchen Cabinets(2)

Hidden washer & dryer unit in the kitchen – Your Home. Your Lifestyle.

Classic White Kitchen 5Curved marble backsplash in the kitchen or bathroom adds a level of elegance to the room.

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Columns with archway between serving counter and dining room add a touch of elegance and enhances the spacious feeling of the kitchen.

Classic White Kitchen 8Adding a desk to your kitchen creates organization and functuality. Your Home. Your Lifestyle.

Classic White Kitchen 96 burner with griddle commercial ranges continue to be a trend for the kitchen.

We are honored to be included in Lisa’s blog. Below is a link to her recent blog on The Classic White Kitchen:

http://www.decorgirl.net/2012/02/the-classic-white-kitchen/

Transform Your Home from Ordinary to Extraordinary With a Front Entry Remodel

Front Entry Remodel

Before and after photos of a foyer renovation

The foyer is your guests’ first impression of your home. It establishes the character of the rest of your home. Adding crown molding and wainscot panels transforms your home from ordinary to extraordinary overnight.

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Photo courtesy of Kathleen Cragan Interior Design

 In addition to crown molding and wainscot panels, try brightening up your space by updating the light fixtures and adding plants or silk flowers. Place and eye-catching rug in the center of the room and hang a stylish mirror, or a collection of mirrors, in the entryway.

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Renovation of front entry foyer

 

Faux Travertine Plaster Blocks

Photo courtesy of Heidi Holzer Design & Decorative Work

For a grandeur look, why not consider a faux travertine facade. Travertine tiles on the walls are expensive and labor intense. Most foyer walls are constructed of drywall. To secure the wall tiles, the walls will need to be prepped by screwing cement board to the drywall, the tile pattern laid out, thin-set mortar applied to bond the travertine tiles, tiles set onto the thin-set and then finished with grout. Faux travertine is less labor intense and will transform your foyer into an elegant, impressive entryway.

Hope you’ve enjoyed these foyer transformations as much as I have. Check back with us frequently for current news and trends http://titusbuilt.com/blog/.

Should We Stay in Our Home and Renovate/Add On or … Should We Move?

Kitchen Remodeling

How to determine what makes sense for your family.

Before making the decision to renovate your existing home or move, ask yourself a few questions:

  • Do you like the town you live in?
  • Do you like your property and your neighbors?
  • Is your property expandable?

If the answer is “no” to any of these questions, then you need not give remodeling another thought!

On the other hand, if you answer “yes” to the questions above then you still must consider the following:

The Selling Cycle: During the selling process your home must always be kept clean and tidy for potential viewings. In today’s economy it is taking an average of four months to sell a home in Fairfield County.

Moving Before You Sell: If you move and sell your home after relocating to your new home, potential buyers will believe that if you hold onto your old home long enough the stress factor will come into play. This increases the chance that you will receive lower offers on your home.

Unexpected Upgrade Costs: When upgrading your home and moving to a new location, you must consider the higher costs. A larger home also means bigger utility bills, homeowner’s insurance premiums and so forth. That lawn that used to cost you $100/week to maintain now costs much more. Do your homework and get estimates on these additional costs prior to purchasing your new home. We have heard from many homeowners who were taken by surprise when their Landscape Contractors gave them the estimate for their new property!

Related Fees: Real estate commissions, closing and moving costs will typically be 10% or more of your selling price.

Moving Costs and Headaches: Once you sell your home you have to pack up your belongings and move. The new home will be filled with boxes to unpack and redecorate.

Redecorating Expenses: Unless your home is custom built, you will also need to paint and refurbish your new home. Perhaps those drapes and blinds that fit so nicely in your old home no longer suit the new house. Sometimes, although the previous owners thought their taste was exquisite, you don’t share the same aesthetic.

Family Issues: If children are involved, they must be uprooted and transferred to a new neighborhood. Most children are quite resilient and able to cope with the transition smoothly, but this is obviously an important factor in a family’s decision to move.

If you are considering a move, don’t hesitate to call us before buying your new home. A Pre-purchase Consultation and Renovation Feasibility Analysis will help you visualize the renovation prior to purchase.

At Titus Built, we are able to transform your thoughts and ideas into reality. Your home will be designed to enhance your lifestyle with new technology, re-purposed rooms, and built-ins added to minimize your footprint in a clutter-free environment.